Isolation Kills


As this year's Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month draws to a close, I am mindful of what a difference it makes to keep in touch with others as we all join with God in what one interpreter has called "the slow way across the earth" throughout our lives.

Every 40 seconds around the globe, someone takes their own life. It is serious and sobering business. What can we do about it? How can we intervene?

As I mentioned in my September 24 sermon, if there's someone you've haven't seen or heard from in a while, reach out to them by text or phone when they come to mind. US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called on all of us to address what he defines as an epidemic of loneliness and isolation in our country. You can read his advisory here:

What is the antidote to this circumstance of loneliness and isolation? Dr Murthy says it is the healing effects of social connection and community. That's our stock in trade as the Church: gathering and connecting people. We do this work as we celebrate the Eucharist in person and online and pray the Daily Office in groups virtually. We do this as we offer space to gather to 12-step groups and to queer youth in Key West and the lower Keys. 

Isolation kills. Hospitality and welcome, connection and community: these give life. And these are in our DNA as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. God help us as we seek to be people of true hospitality and genuine connection and welcome.

Padre's Blog A la Mote
Posted by The Very Reverend Donna S. Mote, PhD

Our 34th rector, Dr Mote, was installed by Bishop Eaton on Saturday, June 5th, 2021.  Prior to joining St Paul's, she served as the Vicar of ATL (Episcopal Chaplain to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport).  With Bishop Robert C. Wright she authored, The Go Guide: 10 Steps for Innovations in Ministry from Luke 10. Beginning in 2016, Donna served on the bishop's staff as Missioner for Engagement and Innovation in the Diocese of Atlanta, to consult on, coach, strategize, support, promote, and provoke innovations in ministry in Middle and North Georgia.  She was also Chaplain to the Georgia State Defense Force and the 76th Support Brigade.

Donna earned degrees from Shorter College (BA), Southern Seminary (MDiv), and Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion (PhD) and completed Anglican studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. Donna was raised up for ordination by the parish of St Bartholomew’s, Atlanta. She is an Associate of the Order of St Helena.  Donna is married to Rebecca England, and they have two sons, Anderson and Jordan.

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